Several developments are worth passing along.
- The Longhorns now have a starting kicker, as freshman Cameron Dicker beat out senior Josh Rowland:
Herman announced freshman Cameron Dicker, a Lake Travis product, as Texas’ starting kicker.— Trenton Daeschner (@TrentDaeschner) August 30, 2018
As defensive coordinator Todd Orlando indicated on Wednesday, the coaching staff still isn’t sure whether junior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch will be available on Saturday due to the pectoral strain that he suffered in preseason camp:
Jeffrey McCulloch is still a game time decision, per Herman. #HookEm— HornSports.com (@HornSports) August 30, 2018
Whether or not McCulloch is available will impact how Orlando decides to play against Maryland — with senior Anthony Wheeler out for the first half due to a targeting call against Missouri in the Texas Bowl, junior Malcolm Roach may have to start at Mac. If that happens and McCulloch isn’t available, freshman Joseph Ossai would be the starting B-backer. The more likely scenario in that instance is using the Lightning package until the second half.
- Herman intends to play all of the freshmen:
With the new NCAA rule, Herman said his goal is for every freshman to play the maximum-allowed four games this season and still retain their redshirt status.— Trenton Daeschner (@TrentDaeschner) August 30, 2018
At positions like wide receiver and defensive back, that makes sense, but finding any repetitions for the fourth-string quarterback, Casey Thompson, and the offensive linemen may be difficult. So don’t expect that to come to fruition, but it’s certainly good motivation for all those players — they know that they can get on the field if they work hard enough and not lose a season of eligibility.
- Redshirt freshman tight end Rob Cummins will miss some time after his knee injury required surgery:
Tom Herman announces that Rob Cummins had knee surgery and will miss 8-12 weeks. #HookEm— HornSports.com (@HornSports) August 30, 2018
With Malcolm Epps working at X receiver, Texas is down to three scholarship players at the position, so there’s not a lot of room for injuries at that position.
- Herman was also questioned about the recent confirmation that he was the assistant coach with fired Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith at a Miami strip club in 2014. Here was his response:
Herman was asked about his involvement in the 2014 strip club report:— alex briseño (@AlexxBriseno) August 30, 2018
“What was reported was 4-and-a-half years ago. My wife knew exactly where I was and had no issue with it. I’m happy to cooperate and be honest, truthful and transparent with the NCAA if they need me to be.” pic.twitter.com/IfcY5m9FwW
So, at the least, Miss Michelle knew about, which can reduce one element of pearl-clutching associated with this story.
This comment was probably more important in the scheme of things:
Herman was also asked if he wanted to comment on if they paid for the high school coach(es) during the visit:— alex briseño (@AlexxBriseno) August 30, 2018
“No not until the NCAA asks me too.”
So, yeah. The ability to deny that would be ideal.
This story will be updated as needed.